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A tough aluminum frame with threaded holes and a flexible insert to secure your iPad. CNET calls it a "must-have case" for iPad video.

What is the Padcaster?

The Padcaster is a versatile iPad case made up of an aluminum frame with a removable urethane insert.  The outside of the sturdy frame is lined with 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 threaded holes for attaching lights, an external mic, or other camera gear. 

With accessories attached you'll probably want to use it on a tripod, shoulder mount or some other support, but the frame is wide and heavy enough - though not too heavy - to stand on its own for shooting or viewing. Plus the size and weight of the frame makes handheld shooting more comfortable, giving you a better, steadier grip.

The secure and flexible urethane insert lets you easily pop your iPad into the Padcaster—a snug fit for protection, confidence and steady shooting on-the-go. 

When you’re done filming with the Padcaster, edit your footage with any of the many great editing and effects apps available on the iPad. Then, upload and share your work with the world. Now you can shoot, edit and distribute your HD video right from the iPad, making it ideal for video blogging, journalism and Livestream.  

Why We Need Your Help

The Original Padcaster is already in production, having been funded almost entirely out of pocket by the Padcaster team, but interest has increased in the past few months and we need help in order to meet the demands of our audience. During the last year, the number one question we've been asked is when we will have a Padcaster for the iPad mini. 

With our limited resources, it would be impossible to continue production of the Original Padcaster while simultaneously researching and developing a Padcaster for the iPad mini, so we need your help!

With this campaign, we hope to fund a second full production run of new and improved Original Padcasters, and successfully manufacture a Padcaster for the iPad Mini, thus giving a wider range of iPad owners the opportunity to take advantage of the all-in-one Production Studio experience!

What Makes The Padcaster Different from the Other iPad Videography Cases Out There?

Though the original inspiration for the Padcaster was as a piece of videography equipment, its versatile design has inspired our customers to use it in a variety of ways we never even imagined.

We've seen our product used as a teleprompter and as a cage for a DSLR. We've seen it tricked out with LED lights, and hooked up to watch television in bed, and in the backseat of a car. We've even seen it used by Kelly Croy of Wired Educator as a tool to help disabled children in the classroom.

Over this last year, we've been amazed to see not only the possibilities of this product, but the inventiveness of the people who use it. We can't help but think that the Padcaster for the iPad mini will inspire more creativity.

Check out these videos to see the Padcaster in action:

Reviews:

CNet- http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-camcorder-accessories/padcaster/4505-6456_7-35535951.html

“Takes iPad videography to the next level...”

The Unofficial Apple Weblog- http://www.tuaw.com/2012/07/28/padcaster-and-lenscaster-streamline-ipad-video-production-workfl

"Brilliantly conceived and well-built..."

The Examiner- http://www.examiner.com/article/with-padcaster-your-videos-can-t-miss

"...transforms that slippery iPad into a mean, video shooting and editing machine."

Gadgets Blog– http://www.gadgetsware.com/2013/03/convert-your-ipad-into-video-production.html

"The number of purposes that this accessory serves amazes us…the Padcaster is an excellent accessory that every iPad owner must have!"

DoddleNEWS- http://news.doddleme.com/equipment/three-cool-ways-to-mount-your-ipad-on-set/

"It’s the Cadillac of iPad holders."

Lifelong Learning Magazine- http://www.llmagazine.com/reviews/Padcaster/index.html

"In short, the Padcaster passed this hard field test and we recommend it highly to all training departments and video producers."

Wired Educator- http://www.wirededucator.com/blog/2013/02/24/product-review-padcaster-for-the-ipad/

"I discovered a unique educational function for the device while consulting with educators wanting to equip a multiple handicap student with an iPad...It allows her to see the device better, holds it for her safely, and has offered her the ability to use the iPad more independently than any other method we could find. The Padcaster truly helped this child. In our use, the iPad can be removed easily and quickly and reinserted with little effort. The device is safe and can be positioned [anywhere] needed. We are incredibly impressed. We hope more educators find uses for this device for physically challenged students."

What You'll Get:

By choosing to pre-order your Padcaster Mini, or to purchase a new and improved Original Padcaster through this Kickstarter Campaign, you will be providing our team with the funding we need to continue changing the face of iPad Videography - not to mention you'll receive one of the coolest gadgets of the past year! 

Each Padcaster comes with the Lenscaster (a bracket for attaching all your favorite lenses), an instruction sheet, a 72mm-58mm step-down ring, two 1/4-20 screws, two 3/8-16 screws, one custom camera mount screw and one cold shoe adapter.

There is no hardware required to assemble the Padcaster! Each screw is specially designed to be hand-tightened onto the frame. This also enables you to make adjustments in the field without having to use any tools.

The urethane insert makes it easy to pop your iPad in and out easily, and comes outfitted with openings through which you can run headphones, mic adapters and even your charger if necessary. 

Should you choose to donate at the lower level, you'll earn our eternal gratitude, a position on our Padcaster Mailing List, and our stylish T-Shirt. Wear it around town so that everyone will know that you were an instrumental part of the development and production of the Padcaster Mini!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Because the Original Padcaster has already been put into production, we are confident that we can produce our Padcaster for iPad mini in a timely manner. Throughout the past year we have developed a strong relationship with the manufacturers that will help bring this product to life.

That being said, unexpected challenges will no doubt arise. We will always keep our backers informed and updated along the way.

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